Friends of Kentfield are hosting a community meeting with Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice to discuss the future of Win Cup type high density developments in Marin.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Marin Art & Garden Center,
Livermore Room, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA
The meeting will cover:
– high density Win Cup style developments
– Transit Priority Areas (TPAs)
– the 920 unit proposal at Larkspur Landing that includes 77,500 sq. ft of retail, 39,550 sq. ft. of office space and a hotel.
– SEVEN locations in unincorporated Marin that include Kentfield and Greenbrae that may be potential targets for high density development
This is an excellent chance to engage with one of the county’s decision makers in a frank and open discussion to build the best future for our county – and share any concerns you may have in the face of the maelstrom of plans and legislation coming down on Marin – SB743, SB1, TPAs, Plan Bay Area…
Note: It is important to recognize that the Marin County Supervisors are not responsible for the following developments:
– Win Cup (Corte Madera town council are responsible)- Larkspur Landing (Larkspur town council are responsible)
However the Marin County Supervisors are responsible for 1,111 high density housing planned in the following unincorporated areas:
– St Vincents / Silveira
– Grady Ranch
RHNA Housing Element Targets in Unincorporated Marin
The forthcoming 2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) cycle requires the county’s unincorporated areas to plan for only 187 additional units. The RHNA allocation is determined by the Association of Bay Area Governments. It is entirely separate from Plan Bay Area (but driven by common population forecasts). This sets the number of units that the county must allow to be built through zoning – this opens up areas to specific building plans, these must also go through a separate review.
While some claim that ABAG does not cause any lack of local control, consider that if these RHNA numbers are not met that:
– all new development in the affected area may stop (e.g. no new building permits, this can be devastating for businesses or homeowners planning to expand)
– the county can be sued by housing advocates, and will to pay the legal bills of those filing suit. In prior cases lawsuits in Menlo Park and Pleasanton have cost cities millions of dollars
– the cost of settling or losing a suit is substantial and can cause a reduction in services or a corresponding increase in taxes
While the next cycle targets 187 units, the prior 2007-2014 RHNA cycle required that the supervisors plan to allow 773 units. The supervisors final Housing Element proffered up over 1,100 units (over 30% more than was necessary). Note that it is routine for cities and counties to submit a Housing Element with more units than was required.This is important background as frequently supervisors point to the next RHNA cycle’s low unit targets as a way of dispelling concern – but it is the cycle ending in 2014 that has made way for substantial high density development in Marin.